PUBG creator Brendan Greene (aka PlayerUnknown himself) has some encouraging things to say about the latest game to launch into the increasingly crowded battle royale genre.
“It looks fun!” the developer said when Trusted Reviews asked him about the game, “It’s a good 80s battle royale.”
Radical Heights exploded onto the scene last week and has already built a decent amount of industry buzz. It comes from Boss Key, the development studio founded by ex Gears of War and Unreal Tournament developer Cliff Bleszinski.
Greene seemed very welcoming of other developers, especially those as established as Bleszinski, making their own spin on the genre, “When I was coming up with this [PUBG] in ARMA 3 I always imagined so many different types of battle royale and it’s wonderful to see new and interesting spins come out.”
“Cliff has taken an interesting take with his studio, and it’s a new and different battle royale so it’s great,” he concluded.
A genre that’s open to everyone
Despite having pioneered the genre, Greene didn’t give off the impression of someone who’s especially possessive of the battle royale concept.
“I mean for me, battle royale is just a last-man-standing deathmatch.” Greene explained when we asked for his definition of the genre, “It’s x-number of players and the final one wins — that to me is a battle royale.”
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However, despite his openness around the genre, Greene is more protective around opening up PUBG to modders. We thought this was surprising given PUBG’s history as a mod of DayZ, which itself was a mod of ARMA 2.
But Greene explained that security issues prevented PUBG from being opened up to mods completely.
“We have security issues that mean we can’t release the server files that most modders require.” he said, adding that doing so could lead to piracy and cheating.
Instead, the team will be developing a “mod-light” approach that will allow players to customise their gaming experience using custom servers. This will offer “granular control” that nevertheless comes from “within the game”.
What do you think about Radical Heights? Do you think it could ever do enough to oust PUBG as the leading battle royale? Let us know @TrustedReviews